Parish Council Meeting Notes – December 2010

PC Moore reported that the number of incidents reported to the police was greatly reduced in the last month, criminal damage, domestic assault and theft from a skip were among these incidents. 

PC Moore said that he was getting no response to his police surgery although it is advertised on the noticeboards in the Parish Magazine and on the website.  He plans to discontinue these surgeries and replace them with a police forum every six months hopefully beginning in March and thereafter six monthly.

There had been numerous complaints that the grit boxes were empty and had not been refilled although residents had rung the Highways Agency and had been promised refills immediately, this on more than one occasion.  The grit is essential especially in the wintry conditions we have been experiencing. Councillor Hammond promised to take this up on behalf of the residents. Very few side roads had been gritted but pavements on the main road seemed to be better because grit from the road had sprayed onto the pavements.

Most of the lights that had been reported as unlit had now been repaired

The Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial had been very well attended and it was good to see the number of children taking part.  The children from Haslington Primary School attended on the Sunday and children from the Dingle Primary School attended on the actual Day of Remembrance 11 November.  Councillor Mrs Farrall reported that the two minutes silence by the children on 11 November was very impressive.  It was planned to invite children from both schools to take place in the Sunday Parade next year.

Councillor Alan Casey reported that the website from Haslington was well used and 1117 visits had been made in November 987 from the UK and the rest from overseas e.g. Australia, USA, Canada and various other countries.  The website is having lots of information regarding events taking place in the village etc. and is well worth a visit.

Councillor Chris Betts reported that the launch of the Parish Plan had gone well and the intention was to provide every household with the book. 2700 had been printed in all. He said that they needed a new co-ordinator to take this plan forward and anyone interested please contact the Clerk Mrs Joan Adams.

The Christmas tree on the Village Green met with unanimous approval and Chairman Councillor Bill Herriman thanked Councillor Mrs Farrall for accompanying him to Delamere Forest to choose the tree.

He closed the meeting and wished all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Councillor D Farral